The results of this research certainly fit with my own experience: Compared to Germans, Americans are more eager to avoid feeling negative (i.e., sad, angry, afraid, or sluggish).
Study 1, for example, shows that American sympathy cards contain less negative and more positive content than German sympathy cards. Geman cards simply acknowledge the grief and suffering of the recipient, whereas American cards also encourage the person to focus on the positive.
This cultural difference is nicely illustrated by two poems that are included in the article:
“Verweinen lasst die Nächte mich,
Solang ich weinen mag”
[Let me pass the nights in tears,
As long as I want to cry]
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749–1832)
“Be still, sad heart! And cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining”
(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807–1882)